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Council warns not to abuse family member’s blue badge as it issues £3,800 worth of fines

PUBLISHED: 13:56 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 23 October 2017

The council is urging against blue badge misuse

The council is urging against blue badge misuse

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The fines were spread across eight offenders

Drivers who used their family member’s blue badges to park in disabled parking bays without them present have been fined a total of nearly £3,800.

Eight offenders were prosecuted as part of the council’s crack down on misuse, which has now seen 50 people prosecuted.

Theresa Johncock of Meadlow Lane, Grove Park and Rupia Hussain of Elizabeth Way, Orpington, were caught using badges meant for their dead relatives, resulting in fines of £375 and £250 respectively.

The largest fine was issued to Pritesh Patel, from Croydon, who had been routinely using his mother’s badge to park closer to Elmers End station.

He was ordered to pay a total of £759.

Altogether the council brought in £3,797 worth of fines from the latest conviction.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “It is a sad indictment that we have reached this milestone.

“The majority of these prosecutions involve a relative misusing a loved one’s blue badge.

“It doesn’t matter whether the badge holder is your husband, wife or child; if they are not present, you cannot use their badge.

“The same obviously applies if the relative is dead.”

In three of the other cases, all of which took place between March 3 and April 26 this year, mothers were caught using badges belonging to their children.

Two admitted misusing the badge while a third was found guilty after the case was proven in her absence.

Between them, they were ordered to pay a total of £1,429 including court costs and surcharges.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher gave this warning: “Don’t take a chance and remember that by misusing the badge, you are ultimately depriving a genuine badge holder from parking in the space, which may mean that they are unable to shop or visit the doctor for instance.

“Our crackdown is continuing and this is a direct appeal to anyone tempted to misuse a badge - don’t bother, think again.

Anyone who suspects that a blue badge is being used for the benefit of a person who is not the badge holder can report their concerns at www.bromley.gov.uk/reportbluebadge.

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